Moderator – Ben Mulroney CTV
Confirmed panel participants include:
Anne McMullin – President & CEO – Urban Development Institute
Neil Moody – CEO – Canadian Home Builders Association BC
Wendy Acheson – Vice President & Registrar – BC Housing
Bob Deeks – Principal – RDC Fine Homes
Ann English – Chief Executive Officer & Registrar – Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Andrew Pape-Salmon – Executive Director – Building Safety & Standards Branch GOV’T BC
Patrick Ryan – Head Building Official City of Vancouver
Mark Vernon – CEO – Architectural Institute of BC
Bob DeWit – CEO – Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association
Theresa McCurry – CEO – Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC
Tony Bartko – President – Building Officials Association of BC
Bob Heikkila – Principal CFT Engineering Inc.
David Tupper – Claims Analyst – Municipal Insurance Association of BC
Chris Atchison – President – BC Construction Association
Not limited to the following, topics and questions for discussion will include broader and more strategic matters such as:
1) The importance of effective political advocacy and government relations to associations & their memberships
2) Are we as a ‘building community over-regulated?
3) Is collaboration amongst the various professions and forces in the building industry a necessity?
4) How do home builders and other contractors feel about the role that building officials play in the building community? In what ways can that role be improved and enhanced?
5) Does the world (does BC) need more Building Officials? What about attrition in the industry? How significant is recruitment?
6) How does the Building Act of BC and the relevant regulations attached to the Act affect your particular association/organization & its membership
7) The rules in Vancouver are different? Without affecting the Vancouver Charter & causing political upset, should we strive for consistency across the Province regardless?
8) Through legislation, regulation and an Administrative Agreement with the Province, the BOABC is in the early stages of moving into self-governance of building officials. What are the benefits & what is the significance of having self-governance in a profession? What can we learn from other professions as we move through these developments? Why is this also a good development for builders & how can the builders help?
9) What do you see as some of the most significant things happening in the building industry currently?
10) Do you think we need more collaborative efforts to promote the building industry to the public – through collaborative public relations and marketing efforts that will focus on the connection of the building industry to public safety and ‘in the public interest’?
11) How can the industry speed up the processing and awarding of Development & Building Permits across the Province? Is that even necessary?
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